Friday, March 30, 2012

Something Blue...

Something old, something new, somethings borrowed..something blue?

This famous tradition has been passed down for generations, wishing new brides everywhere a bright future with continuity, optimism, happiness, purity and love. These four "somethings" or objects are added to a brides wedding outfit , usually right before she walks down the aisle, as good luck charms for her big day! These tokens of love are often giving to the bride by family, friends or her attendants. Often times the first three objects tend to have been planned for years or are a little easier to come up with, were as being creative with the "something blue" often stumps many. Of course there are always the more traditional "something blue" items, such as her toss garter, wedding jewels, hair accessories, lingerie, gloves or her mothers handkerchief. However, if you wish to do something a little outside the norm we have listed a few more idea's below:


Let's start with shoes! Often times a brides shoes are hidden beneath yards of fabric from her beautiful gown, which allows a perfect opportunity to hide that "something blue." (The reveal can often lead to a great photo op!) Of course, the shoes themselves can be blue, or to be a little more discreet, you can paint the soles of the shoes blue. Want your attends to share a part in your "something blue"? Ask each of them to sign their name or their words of wisdom on the bottom of your shoes in blue sharpie. You can also mark the bottom your shoes with lettering out of blue rhinestones, stickers, glitter...etc.  On each shoe place one word such as " I do", "Mr. & Mrs.", "I'm Yours" or even your wedding date. Later that evening when your dancing the night away and kicking up your heels, a glimpse of your something blue will be there for all to see!

Another secret spot for your "something blue" is the inside hem of your wedding dress. Here you can stitch your names or wedding date in blue thread. Not only is this a cute addition to the day of your wedding , but it is a great memento should you wish to pass on your wedding dress to future generations!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Reception Seating - Place Card & Escort Card Ideas

When it comes to seating guests at your wedding reception, you have multiple options. From open seating, to escort cards, to seating charts, to place cards…it all depends on your personal taste and the formality of your event. What is the difference you ask? You are not the only one. Often times we have brides asking... "What is the difference is between place cards and escort cards?" or "What is the difference between escort cards and seating charts?" To best explain the differences between your seating options, let’s start at the dinning tables and work our way outward….

A place card is a card (or other name indicator) that is placed at every seat at each dining table prior to the start of an event, specifying the exact seat at which a guest should sit. An escort card is located at a separate location (usually on a table at the entrance of the dining area). Each card displays a guests name (usually in alphabetical order) along with the specific table they should sit at. Now for those who wish to forgo the whole card idea, but still wish to indicate where your guest sit, a seating cart could be a good option for you. A seating chart is a list chart or diagram layout of you dinning area, which lists all the quests’ names and their assigned tables. Although all of these options allow for theme great ideas, formal assigned seating is not a must. If you are looking for a more casual feel, open seating is perfect for you. Open seating allows for guest to sit at any seat at any table.
We have including some theme ideas below if you are looking to add a little pizzazz to your reception and love the place card or escort card concept.
Quite 'Charm'ing
Great for a wine theme or vineyard setting.  Attach escort cards to wine charms or use a cork as a place/escort card holder.
“Please Be Seeded”
Great for a garden theme or love for plants. Take a planter box (or similar looking tray) and fill decorative moss. Then place each card on top of the moss with a sign that reads “Please Be Seeded.” Or use small orange planters pots with prepackaged seedlings and create plant name tags/sticks with your guests name. (Double as a favor!)
Book Worm
Great for book lovers. Set up a row of old books on a table then create bookmark escort cards and place one in each book in alphabetical order.
Great for vintage theme. Re-purpose an old pair of shutters and hang cards on the slats. Or find a large antique picture frame and attach rows of string across the back of the frame. Then hang or pin your cards to the string.
Country Chic
Great for country or rustic theme. Tie some decorative ribbon around some hay bales and attach the cards to the ribbon. Or hang up a laundry line between two trees clothes pinned the cards to the line. 
Great if you want to add more color to your tables. Try writing your guests names on fruit (i.e. apples). This could also be a cute idea if the bride or groom is a teacher!